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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jul 25, 2011 9:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Speaking of 11/29/70 - Columbus

A review I wrote a while back. An historic show at an historic venue in Columbus. AMAZING version of Good Lovin' at this show. Also, from what I gather, this is the second-ever Other One> MAMU.

11-29-70 - Club Agora, Columbus, Oh.

Don't Ease Me In, Cumberland Blues, Beat It On Down The Line, Next Time You See Me, Morning Dew, Brokedown, Truckin'-> Drums-> The Other One-> Me & My Uncle, Casey Jones, Dire Wolf, Me And Bobby McGee, Brokedown Palace, Good Lovin, Sugar Mag, Tuning jams, NFA> GDTRFB> NFA
also: NRPS


The quality of this AUD is pretty awful. It sounds like it was recorded by someone who had a tape recorder in his coat pocket. Still, I’m glad he was there and that somebody documented this show, because it’s really good. The beginnings of some songs are clipped because he obviously stopped the tape to save room. Once you adjust to the way the AUD sounds, it actually feels kind of intimate – like you’re way in the back of the room at a bar with bad sound. There’s a bit of chatter from the audience, and a couple times where someone sings along, but if you can hack it, there are some pretty worthwhile tracks on here, and the Dead was playing very well at the end of 1970.

The Dew is phenomenal. Also has a fantastic Truckin> TOO> MAMU sequence (clipped at the beginning, I’m afraid) and a very nice Casey Jones as well. The first (?) version of Me and Bobby McGee kind of falls flat. Janis Joplin died on 10/4/70. I was never really clear on whether this song was played as a tribute to her or not.

But it’s at the back end where this show really shines. Good Lovin is off-the-charts good. The rapping is strong, and the jamming is tight and fresh, with a real groovy vibe and a big drum and bass crescendo before the final verse.

Sugar mag is short and all candy sweet. They are obviously having tons of fun, and Jerry is particularly spritely on this night. NFA clips at the end.

Highlights: Many, but especially Morning Dew, Other One, and Good Lovin

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jul 25, 2011 9:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Speaking of 11/29/70 - Columbus

11/7/71 is a nice glimpse of the band in transition on a vibrant night,they sound so energized.The versions of Comes a Time and Brokedown Palace,while a little ragged are just beautiful,sung with great care and feeling,and the addition of Keith's piano on these ballads is the cherry on top.As Cliff mentions in his review the NFA-> Goin' Down-> NFA is in the all-time category.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jul 26, 2011 6:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Speaking of 11/29/70 - Columbus

Completely agree. I love the simplicity and purity of those early Comes a Times, and that one is really moving. So is Brokedown ... just beautiful.